Spotlight: Project Melds Art, Activism

Spotlight: Project Melds Art, Activism

Date Published:
Thursday, September 29, 2011

“Art as Activism: A Transformative Force” is a two-day initiative being presented Thursday and Friday, Oct. 6-7. Featuring a workshop and lecture by arts activist Jen Marlowe, the project also is an opportunity to participate in the national arts initiative “One Million Bones.”

“Art as Activism” events, sponsored by the College of Art + Architecture’s Department of Art and Art History, are free and are open to the campus community. The project begins at 5:00 PM, Thursday, Oct. 6, with a workshop for students, led by Marlowe, a filmmaker, author and human rights activist who explores the ways that art can inspire tolerance, inclusion and social change. In this workshop, she will lead students in a discussion of community and identity - How is who we are connected to where we come from? What is a person’s place in the world and in his/her community?

Afterward, at 6:30 PM, Marlowe will deliver a public lecture in Cone University Center, McKnight Hall. She will discuss how art can open up access to diverse voices and perspectives, forcing individuals to challenge pre-conceived assumptions about whose narratives should be heard. The talk will include screenings of her films “Peaceful Thoughts” and “One Family in Gaza.”

On Friday, Oct. 7, faculty, staff and students can participate in a bone-making workshop as part of the national initiative “One Million Bones,” launched by art activist Naomi Natale to recognize the millions of victims killed or displaced by ongoing genocide and mass atrocities in Darfur, southern Sudan, Burma and Congo.

Project organizers have given a nationwide call to artists, activists, art educators and communities in the United States to join in the creation of one million bones with clay or another perishable material and to match the bones with dollars. In 2013, the organization will create an installation with the one million bones at the Washington Mall, and funds raised will be sent to organizations involved in assisting the victims.

Four one-hour bone-making sessions will be held between 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Oct.7 , and Marlowe will join the first one at 10:00 AM. Each session is restricted to 16 participants. To register, email Indrani Gall, art and art history.

Gall, assisted by art faculty members Janet Williams, Keith Bryant and Robert Campbell, organized “Art as Activism: A Transformative Force,” which is being funded by a Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Grant.